Hippo is a proud sponsor of Harrogate Railway Football Club. Railway play in Division One North of the Evo-Stik league.
THE club was formed in 1935 by workers at the Starbeck LNER (London & North Eastern Railway) depot and played in the Harrogate League. They progressed successfully and in 1946 won the British Railways National Cup Final.
In 2002 Railway were the lowest ranking club ever to reach the second round proper of the FA Cup and were drawn at home to Bristol City, the highest ranked club in the competition at that stage. A fairy-tale tie.
Sky TV beamed the game world-wide and the day lived up to expectations. Before a sell-out crowd of 3,500, Bristol City were made to fight for their 3-1 win. Steve Davey netted with 17 minutes to go to make it 2-1, but unfortunately an injury-time goal finally sealed Railway’s fate.
This season Hippo has been helping to keep the team clean after providing each player with Hippo branded towels and a kit bag.
It’s been a difficult season so far for Railway and they’re currently battling to avoid relegation at bottom of the league table. Currently 21 points clear of bottom team New Mills but 5 points behind Ossett Town and safety. Railway have a lot to do in their remaining games and everyone at Hippo wishes them all a bigger, better performance and the best of luck for the rest of the season.